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Our Mission

Children at Risk serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

What We Do

Data & Research

We use research and data to understand the needs of Texas children and their families. This research drives our advocacy agenda and helps us develop evidence-based policy recommendations.

Policy Advocacy

Research and data alone are not enough to drive change for children. We use our research to develop policy recommendations that have the most impact and speak up to inform policymakers.


We work better together. We rely on partners across the state to support our research and data collection, provide regional insights, and amplify our advocacy efforts through collective action.

Upcoming Events & Activities

July 28

Full ST(E)AM Ahead! Creating an Equitable Path to STEM Careers

This annual event will uplift the work of industry leaders and educators working to improve access to STEM education for all students, with particular emphasis on building a diverse and qualified workforce.

September 8

 Education in Transition:

Reshaping America’s Schools in a Post-Pandemic World

Featuring innovators & on-the-ground experts in education, this annual summit will explore new research on how students are faring post-pandemic, & how we can support them in the years ahead.

September 22

Hats off to Children: The State of Children in North Texas

 Join us back at the Hotel ZaZa for our annual North Texas event. Guests will enjoy food, specialty drinks, a hat contest, silent auction and more – all in support of CHILDREN AT RISK’s research and advocacy efforts for children in North Texas!


The State of Latinx Children in America

The 2nd annual State of Latinx Children in America will set the stage looking at Latinx children’s current state of education, economic justice, health, & mental health. Join us as we dive into the experiences & policies that shape Latinx children’s wellbeing and resiliency.

The Latest from C@R

C@R Celebrates Plyler V. Doe and DACA on June 15th

C@R Celebrates Plyler V. Doe and DACA on June 15th

In 1982, the Court decided that “education has a fundamental role in maintaining the fabric of our society” and “provides the basic tools by which individuals might lead economically productive lives.”  As the 40th anniversary of the ruling of Plyler v....

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Access to Affordable High-Quality Child Care is Scarce

Access to Affordable High-Quality Child Care is Scarce

By Lauren Biegel, Early Childhood Education and Sara Moran, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation  (Note: The analyses in this post uses data on child care centers from September 2021) Across Texas, 60% of all child care providers accept subsidies – more than...

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Early Education

K-12 Education

Human Trafficking

Health & Nutrition

New American Children

Family Well-Being


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